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Seems like the problem could have been prevented by LHO leading face down.

Sounds tricky to rule, since I don't think the auction is over. Might need to assign an artificial score, as much as everyone hates that.
Feb. 1
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I agree with Craig's suggestion.

But answering the original post, I think what you have in mind is legal if 1NT is forcing. If it's non-forcing, I think you're out of luck. See Open Chart, Opening Bids, #6.

http://web2.acbl.org/documentLibrary/about/181AttachmentD.pdf

Whether or not what you are interested in has merit, I'll leave to you and others to decide.
Dec. 22, 2018
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@Richard Fleet: Language (of which bridge bidding is an example) is contextual. If you are in a context in which “Bergen raise etc.” has more meaning to your audience than “4-card limit raise”, then I think it's reasonable to argue the former is superior. I've certainly played against opponents at clubs for whom the convention name gives more information to them than the conventional description of the bid. Have you not?
Dec. 19, 2018
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Yeah, anything that decreased the amount of good bridge available to watch on BBO would be a bad change for a lot of us.

I'd echo Alan's sentiment. I don't think the fundamental problem is “NABCs aren't attractive enough because they're too common” or “NABCs aren't attractive enough because they're too small”. Those seem like the main problems that decreasing the number of NABCs would “fix”. I'd be more inclined to suggest those are problems with Regionals… so perhaps this fix ought to be considered for Regionals instead.
Oct. 18, 2018
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To Alan I say http://www.poorbridge.com/?misc=28
Sept. 6, 2018
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Can I just vote for “I like Phillip Martin and want him to post more”?
Sept. 1, 2018
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Good luck. It would be good to let us know what 24 hours you're talking about, including time zone.
Aug. 23, 2018
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I know I would be happier without the compass, and with just the bidding diagram in the “middle”.
Aug. 19, 2018
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Thanks Mike. Was not surprised to see the two 0-2500 finalists; we went 1-1-1 against them in the round before the quarterfinals, -10 IMPs overall for the loss. The losing finalists are a pretty neat story, it's four high school kids and their teacher/coach from China… their teacher is just so enthusiastic about bridge that he encouraged and taught a bunch of kids at the high school.
Aug. 5, 2018
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I don't suppose you could arrange with BBO for us to donate BB$ to Bridgewinners, could you?
June 7, 2018
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I guess if there are two Ks we might assume there are only 12 hearts, but I don't think it's a good assumption…
April 29, 2018
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If partner will always have 2 or 3 spades on this auction, 2 is worth a think. But I don't want to invite in this auction.
April 18, 2018
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I dunno, but it seems like Randy's comment may be exactly why Nic has so many problems getting traction.

With my rose-coloured glasses on, maybe Randy was being ironic?
March 9, 2018
Paul Holmes edited this comment March 9, 2018
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Found it using Podcast Addict using the same approach (search “thesettingtrick”)
Feb. 9, 2018
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I think you've cleverly identified reverse causality.
Nov. 25, 2017
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Phil clearly plays against different players than I do (notwithstanding having played against him in KC last year). When you're down below 2500 masterpoints, “can we agree your partner's call was a little slow” is taken as an insult for some reason.
Nov. 20, 2017
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So I belted out 7, hoping this was a 5-or-7 hand; after all, surely partner has the A, and we're likely making 7 if I can talk them out of a spade lead.

I was half-right about the 5-or-7 when partner turned up with K74 7 K9853 Q972, and they led a spade to the A.
Feb. 2, 2017
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My mistake, see above.
Feb. 1, 2017
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Sorry, yeah, 3 FG with .
Feb. 1, 2017
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I think “liking” David's post can serve as an “unlike” of Nat's post. I'll start us off.
Nov. 25, 2016
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